My musical journey began with the clarinet in school band, and with the purchase of my first guitar 30 years ago. It was the first of many milestones in my life long obsession with music. With the encouragement of my father and brother, who are both guitar players, I taught myself to play. After school and homework, I would regularly spend up to eight hours teaching myself from books and my favorite records (yes, records; I was a child of the ’80s after all ).
I formed my first band in grade school and we started playing school dances. Eventually when I was 16, we started playing college shows. These early shows proved to me that this was something I wanted to pursue as a career when I graduated.
After high school I attended 2years of community college, studying music theory and psychology, with the intention of teaching. Everything changed, however, in 1994 when I met former Alice Cooper and Lou Reed guitarist Dick Wagner. Dick signed me to his newly formed WMG label, and he produced my first CD. This lead to a whirlwind of shows, festivals, radio spots awards, and tours with national acts over the next few years.
In 1998, everything changed again for me when I discovered teaching. I had experienced much gratifying success in the previous years, but nothing prepared me for the sheer joy and pride I felt when I could make that light bulb appear over a student’s head. It had never occurred to me that my years of knowledge and experience could benefit others. I ended up coming full circle, and taught for the next 12 years at Herter Music, the store I had been frequenting ever since my childhood beginning with the clarinet in 5th grade.
When Herter music went out of business, I started touring full time with a national act. These tours took me all over the U.S. and the world. I met so many incredible people!
These days, I’m thrilled to be off the road and teaching again at Expressions Music Academy.